Fruit of Soil
Fruit of Soil
Directed by Faith E. Briggs
Tracy Nguyen-Chung (Producer)
Director of Photography: Ryan Miyamato
FRUIT OF SOIL is the story of Shantae and Art Johnson, two dreamers at the heart of a Black farmers movement in Oregon working around food sovereignty, land ownership, community healing, and place reclamation. Their plan had been to homestead — cooped up in an apartment, they found joy in the friendly competition of trying to best each other at growing window-sill vegetables. They missed the land, the gardening they’d grown up with and watched their grandmothers do. After years of Art working as a long haul trucker and Shantae for the City as a doula, they decided to quit their jobs. They used their savings to enroll in a farming education program and began to figure out how to get back to the land. Together, they're creating a ripple of change in the Black community by growing food, investing in Black farmers, and feeding Black people. This is beyond economic viability. It's farming for survival in a historically anti-Black place. Their farms are a new Mecca for Black folks in a city that is still very isolating for many. It's an example of what could be; the fruits of a world Black farmers are reimagining for each other.
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